Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five

THIS DAY IN  MUSIC………………………………..on January 18th of 1964 “Glad All Over” by The Dave Clark Five rose to the top of the UK chart, replacing The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. Keyboard player Mike Smith wrote the song after he came across an old Carl Perkins‘ record with the same title. It would reach #6 in the US. Smith recalled, “We had lost out on ‘Do You Love Me’ to Brian Poole and so Dave (Clark) thought we should do an original. He asked me to come up with something and I looked through my record collection for a suitable title.” Dave Clark said: “I knew that we needed a song with the thumps in. we had been playing dance halls and we were getting a great audience response to the stomping things we were doing.” The engineer Adrian Kerridge developed a thumping drum sound for this track, which became known as the Tottenham sound. Tottenham is an area in North London, where Dave Clark came from. Written by Clark and Mike Smith, this was the first American hit for The Dave Clark Five, and their second chart entry in the UK, where their cover of “Do You Love Me” made #30 a month earlier. After The Beatles drew record ratings on the Ed Sullivan Show, the host was looking for the next British Invasion stars and found them in The Dave Clark Five. The band appeared on the show March 8, 1964, where they performed this song. This gave the band an audience in America and propelled the song up the charts. The Dave Clark Five were a favorite of Sullivan, who had them back on the show 11 more times (plus three re-airs and one show that featured film clips of the band). Getting them on the show the first time proved a challenge, however. The show wasn’t broadcast in England, so Clark had never heard of it and turned down the offer. When Sullivan’s producer called back offering a substantial payment, he convinced his bandmates to make the trip.